Novell Vibe is the software maker's next evolution of Novell Pulse, the real-time collaboration platform designed to be Google Wave for the enterprise.
On Nov. 9, Novell launched Novell Vibe, a platform brand that includes the
software maker's real-time Pulse collaboration platform and the existing Novell
Teaming suite to help corporate employees work better together.
was built on the federation protocol that powered
the now-defunct Google Wave. Pulse, like Wave, lets users write and upload
content, including Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF files, and share them and
co-edit them in real time.
Vibe takes that workflow and lets users invite colleagues, customers and
partners into groups and workspaces to finish team projects more quickly.
Pulse was intended from the start
as an enterprise product, so Novell has
naturally used its core security software to protect information generated in
the new Vibe product.
Vibe comes in two flavors. Pulse leverages the Internet cloud for Novell
Vibe Cloud, while Novell Teaming powers the Novell Vibe OnPrem suite, where
information is stored on the computers where it is used.
Vibe Cloud includes enterprise social networking, blending direct messages,
chats, blogs and wikis into a single message stream; real-time co-editing of
documents; file synchronization between the desktop and the cloud service; and
ad hoc groups. Novell Vibe Cloud will be generally available
in the first half of 2011.
Leveraging the Teaming collaboration software, Vibe OnPrem lets users create
team spaces to coordinate work, and it includes automated workflows and custom
forms; as well as content management areas to house documents, conversations and other relevant content. Novell Vibe OnPrem 3 will
in late 2010.
Though offered as separate cloud and on-premises products now, Novell said
Novell Vibe Cloud and Novell Vibe OnPrem will blend together over time.
The problem that Vibe will have in the market, aside from being a new,
unproven product, is that it comes a few months after Google ceased working on
Wave, the seminal platform that ushered in the real-time collaboration concept.
Wave creator Lars Rasmussen wowed users when he introduced Wave at Google
I/O in May 2009.
People clamored for invites and, while Wave ultimately attracted more than
1 million users
further development on the project in August 2010
because it failed to gain enough traction.
Rasmussen moved on
to Google rival Facebook in October.